The Karawara Public Open Space Master Plan and Collaborative Action Plan (KMPCAP) contains 14 projects that aim to strengthen Karawara’s public open space and community character.
A number of these projects are nearing completion or have been prioritised for the 2016/17 financial year, including the Walanna Drive upgrade, improvements to the greenways, a program of events in public spaces and an upgrade to the central playground.
The Karawara Public Open Space Master Plan and Collaborative Action Plan (KMPCAP) was developed through significant community engagement, through informal workshops, Aboriginal community focus sessions, a pop-up discussion trail and drop-in events.
The vision for the project is ‘working together to strengthen Karawara’s public open space and community character.’
- Building on Karawara character: Retain, enhance and actively build upon local spatial character attributes and seek to build upon the growing community capacity (pride)
- Connectivity: Seek to retain and enhance existing important linkages throughout Karawara and to adjoining suburbs
- Amenity: To incorporate amenity that reflects the landscape character and offers diversity of multiuse areas, to foster community interaction
- Safety and security: Continue to build upon developing a safe and welcoming environment.
The purpose of the Collaborative Action Plan is to provide the community and stakeholders in facilitation with the City of South Perth an agreed project list that can be collectively implemented. The implementation of each project is based on agreed timing and priorities and may also require specialists, either from the City or external consultants, to aid in the design and implementation of each project.
The success of these actions and projects depends on the level of joint coordination between the City and community through collective participation, engagement and accountability.
The Karawara community has already started working towards the goals in the Collaborative Action Plan. A small group of active community members are working alongside City officers to develop and deliver a number of community-driven projects in the Collaborative Action Plan. Building strong relationships with local residents ensures that the actions undertaken are responsive to and appropriate for Karawara’s unique character.
If you want to help the City build the best future for Karawara, please get in touch with the project team to find out how.
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Karawara was originally developed in the early 1970s using ‘Radburn’ design principles, which are based around the presence of Public Open Space (POS) reserves for community use, located at the rear of dwellings and connected to the road network by Pedestrian Access Ways (PAWs).
In December 2006, Council resolved to review the Town Planning Scheme provisions relating to the interface between Karawara’s POS network and private properties due to community concerns regarding various related issues. In 2009, the City engaged consultants Creating Communities Australia and Development Planning Strategies to undertake consultation with landowners, residents and other local stakeholders to identify ways to further enhance and improve Karawara. The extensive community engagement undertaken by consultants included community workshops and mail-out surveys during 2009 and 2010.
A number of issues, concerns and suggestions were raised by the community throughout the various phases of the consultation program, specifically in regard to the design and physical layout of Karawara. A lack of regular activity in the large areas of public space and lack of surveillance from adjoining properties were identified as factors contributing to the perceived high levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in Karawara. However, feedback also indicated a desire to retain the open space network whilst undertaking some minor design changes and improving the functionality, presentation and safety of Karawara.
Members of the Karawara community expressed many different views on how the suburb should be physically modified to address the identified issues, being mainly crime and safety. Varying opinions were expressed as to whether the POS reserves and PAWs should be closed and divided between adjoining properties, or be enhanced and remain open. Based on community feedback, the consultants recommended that the City close some of the narrow POS links at the rear of houses and connecting PAWs. Two alternate options for POS and PAW closures were developed for the City by Development Planning Strategies.
Further investigations and consultation with service authorities regarding existing services and infrastructure located within the affected areas revealed that due to the location of water and sewer mains operated by the Water Corporation only one of the two closure options could be considered. The remaining closure option provided by Development Planning Strategies became the only viable method of closing some of the narrow walkways behind houses. Implementation of the proposed closure plan would involve the legal closure of public land PAWs and POS and the associated sale and/or distribution of this land to adjoining landowners.
In January 2012, the proposed closure plan was mailed to all Karawara landowners and residents for comment. In August 2012, Council resolved the following regarding potential closure of selected PAWs and POS links in Karawara:
- The City develops a procedural policy specific to PAW/POS reserve closures in Karawara to guide officers in the implementation of closures and this policy be adopted by Council before pursuing closures
- The City advise submitters of the above Council decision
- The procedural policy shall require that before any closure of a PAW/POS be considered, that all residents directly affected by the closure be required to provide their support
- The POS that runs between Meathcare and the rear of the four houses in Lenna Court be retained and that there be no requirement for the re-opening of the PAW between number 7 and 12 Lenna Court; and
- No action be taken to require the owners of number 11 and 16 Woonan Place to reopen the PAW between their properties.
In October 2012, landscape architecture firms UDLA and CoDesign were engaged to develop the Karawara Public Open Space Master Plan and Collaborative Action Plan (KMPCAP). The project brief focused on maximising community and stakeholder input.
In December 2013, the Council endorsed the KMPCAP. The officer report recommended that the proposed procedural policy in relation to the potential closure of selected pedestrian access ways (PAW) and public open space (POS) links be put on hold until project 10 (Test the closure of Pedestrian Access Ways) had been adequately trailed. Successful implementation of project 10 by the City, stakeholders and adjoining residents, in combination with other related projects within the KMPCAP, may influence the preparation of the procedural policy.
There is an opportunity to provide space for resting, contemplation and basic infrastructure that reflects the landscape character of Karawara and offers diversity and fosters community interaction.
This project will continue over a number of years, combined with Project 7 - Increase, improve and connect native habitat. The project includes infrastructure upgrades, such as the installation of park furniture and benches in the Greenways to provide rest stops in the shade of the trees.
New paths will be installed to better connect Walanna Drive’s pedestrian paths, along with new furniture to complete the Project 4 streetscape upgrade. New trees will also be planted to provide shade to the paths and seating areas.
The pocket park upgrades are planned for construction from June to September 2016.
The aim of this project is to transform the playground into a central meeting and multi-use area which reflects the diverse requirements of Karawara.
Planning for the central playground, meeting and multi-use area has progressed. Concept plans are available for the Greenways from Kwel Court Reserve, with the playground and central meeting area, through to Walanna Drive and the pocket park by the Gowrie Centre. The concept was designed from initial input received during the KMPCAP engagement process.
At Kwel Court Reserve, the existing seating and play equipment is to be removed and the playground area expanded and improved. All existing trees and paths will be retained and a new central seating and meeting area installed.
The new playground will cater for 1 to 12+ year olds, with new 0-8 year equipment in the existing sandpit with shade sails, swings, slides, climbing and spinning items in the new proposed sandpits. It will be a fantastic new playspace, designed with high quality robust commercial items to combine cognitive and social play, and provide sensory elements including visual, tactile, balance and movement.
New trees will be planted to provide shade to the playground and central seating area, and low waterwise garden beds will also be planted to increase biodiversity and improve amenity.
This project seeks to build upon the growing community capacity and pride in Karawara by fostering community initiatives.
Since March 2015, the City has been getting to know the local community through regular events and consultation activities in the Karawara Greenways, in partnership with local businesses and organisations including Abmusic, Moorditj Keila, Kensington Police, Gowrie WA, and Waterford Plaza.
Key activities during 2015/16 included:
- Information-sharing with local businesses to improve community safety and wellbeing
- Regular park activations to encourage community activity and provide social opportunities
- Summer Splash - an all-ages water battle as part of the City’s arts and events programme
- The Bench Talk Project - collecting local stories for the South Perth Stories oral history collection.
Consultation and recruitment activities at community events have assisted with the formation of a community action group which will partner with the City on Collaborative Action Plan projects. During 2016, community development activities will focus on action-based project work with local residents.
The City will continue to support community initiatives in 2016 and build on the capacity of local businesses and service providers to deliver local events that highlight the local culture, identity and environment.
This project provides an opportunity to improve the connections between Waterford Plaza and Karawara and build upon this destination point to provide a ‘gateway’ into Karawara.
Upgrades to Walanna Drive near Waterford Plaza were recently completed, included engineering modifications to improve the street, such as road islands with pedestrian refuges, raised plateaus to slow vehicle traffic, central median islands with trees, and line marking. The verges were improved with wider concrete footpaths and better connections, more trees planted and areas mulched. The maximum speed limit along Walanna Drive was reduced to 40km/hour, to improve the pedestrian experience by providing a safer area.
New bus shelters have been installed, with the installation of bench seats and new bins to complete the project in 2016.
There are many opportunities and lots of potential for community-driven art projects in the area, such as murals or decorations, signage or sculpture. The City’s Community Funding and It’s Your Place grants programs can provide up to $2,000 funding for eligible community projects. Please contact the City if you have a great idea that you’re prepared to see to fruition.
A fun community project that residents can participate in is the nicknaming of the pocket parks and footpath routes through the Greenways, to create a sense of place and local identity, and increase activity in the Greenways.
You can contribute your nickname suggestions to the City by emailing email@example.com
This project aims to increase native habitat through the Karawara Greenways, ensuring continued habitat for local fauna and increasing the amount and diversity of local flora.
Plans are underway for hydro-zoning and eco-zoning of the Greenways. This will include mulching specific areas that will benefit from it, planting trees and plants and irrigation modifications.
As part of Projects 1 and 2, new trees will be planted to provide shade to the Kwel Court playground and central seating area, and low waterwise garden beds will be planted. New trees and garden beds will also being planted at the pocket park near the Gowrie and Walanna Drive underpass to Waterford Plaza.
A resident-driven community project to plant endemic trees for Carnaby’s food and habitat is currently being developed, and a tree planting day was held during July 2016. Plant species recommended for Carnaby Black Cockatoos’ fodder and roosting plant species are available on the Birdlife Australia website.
The closest natural reserves remaining in the area are Goss Reserve and the bushland at Curtin Primary School. The species planted in those reserves also suit Karawara.
Improve amenity at secondary hubs: Curtin underpass and ‘gateways’ into Greenways, creating a welcoming and unique entrance to the public open space.
Closure of a PAW is complex, with a number of requirements to be completed and approval required from a number of government departments and landowners that adjoin the PAW. The City has reviewed the process and information from previous community consultations on this matter and provided a Report to Council in February 2016. Council resolved not to close the PAWs and will focus on alternative measures to improve the environment of Karawara as set out in the Karawara Public Open Space Master Plan and Collaborative Action Plan.
If you adjoin a PAW and would like to discuss this matter, please contact the City on 9474 0777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are lots of opportunities for inventive community-driven art projects that could improve the underpasses for community use, such as murals or decorations, signage or sculpture. The City’s Community Funding and It’s Your Place grants programs can provide up to $2,000 funding for eligible community projects. Please get in touch with the City if you have a creative idea that you’d like to see to fruition.
The brief of this project is to encourage community interaction, increase edible plants within Karawara and develop a community garden to educate and spread knowledge of ‘bush tucker’.
The Karawara Community Herb Garden was completed by a group of local residents with support from the City in 2013. The community herb garden, located in the pocket park behind the Gowrie on Walanna Drive, is maintained by staff and children of the Gowrie childcare centre, and available for all community members to tend and pick from.
The herb garden could be expanded to include fruit trees and other produce, to be grown collectively by the community. This proposed expansion of the garden is shown on the Concept Plans for the Park. Please contact the City if you’d like to take a role in expanding or maintaining the Karawara community herb garden.
The City wants to help Karawara residents make active transport choices and recognises the need for clear signage to help you find your way. The City is seeking the community’s help to collect data to improve wayfinding through the greenways. If you’d like to help with measuring distances and timing your local journeys (walk and cycle) please contact the City to express your interest in this project.
In the central area of Kwel Court Reserve new play equipment is being installed in a larger playground, and paths and facilities are being upgraded, including shade and seating.
The City is currently looking for your feedback on the upgrades to playground and public open space in Karawara.
Gather your neighbours, friends and family on Friday 29 January – the last day of the school holidays – for the opportunity to cool off with a wet and wild water battle like no other!
In response to feedback from the City’s Karawara Masterplan and a community safety survey, the City is working to develop responsive projects that focus on the best of Karawara.
The City of South Perth welcomes the State Government announcement for funding of $25,000 to support local crime prevention initiatives in the community.
In acknowledgement of its inclusive and diverse consultation process, the Karawara Public Open Space (POS) Masterplan has won the 2013 WA Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) award for excellence in the category of Public Engagement and Community Planning.